It’s time to practice scene writing. If you are a new student, kudos to you for checking the website! Returnees – you know what to do. You can skip ahead to the menu.
Why write scenes?
Our resident author, Paul Acamapora (Defining Dulcie, Rachel Spinelli Punched me in the Face), suggests writing scenes rather than tackling a whole story at first. Writing scenes allows you to craft a beginning, middle, and end, all in the span of about twenty minutes. As a writer I have found this advice helpful. Sometimes, those scenes are so strong that they do become stories, or parts of a story. For the class I took this summer I took a scene I had worked on in a twenty minute writing practice and it became a short story titled A Tale of Two Ladies. Lesson here? Save all your work. You never know when you’ll want to go back to it.
Throughout the school year you will complete a few of these. To help you get started I have created a menu of choices. If you are new, the best approach is to use one item from each category. Of course, if you come up with something better – go with it!
Two things to remember:
1. Every scene has a person, place, and problem.
2. Write for a minimum of twenty minutes. New students: Keep the pencil moving!
Place Character Object
a barn two-year-old with a a whistle
the mall temper tantrum a dirty tissue
gas station grandma with a cane a dog biscuit
bowling alley disinterested teenager broken ipod
inside the family car a tourist a coupon
a chicken a striped sock